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Aug 1 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government believes it can inject more democracy into the Senate without the approval of the provinces -- and, conversely, that it can abolish the Red Chamber even if it lacks the unanimous consent of all premiers, said Pierre Poilievre, Ottawa's new Minister of State for Democratic Reform. Ottawa prepares for the Supreme Court to consider what degree of independence Parliament possesses when it comes to making changes to the Senate. ()

* The race for five provincial by-election seats erupted into a brawl between the Ontario Liberal Party and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Wednesday. Ford has been campaigning for the Progressive Conservatives (PC), arguing that only PC candidates will build subways in his city, comparing the Liberals to armed bank robbers for their treatment of taxpayers' cash. The Liberals hit back, saying Ford has failed to do anything to build subways while their party has put up the money to kick-start construction. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Canadian Tire Corp will unveil a scaled-down version of itself as the retailer enters the competition for urban shoppers looking for convenience. The chain is launching on Thursday its first Express urban store in a bustling Toronto neighborhood. The Toronto-based company is betting on drawing urban customers who are increasingly turning their backs on super stores. ()   Continued...